Sunday, May 26, 2013
Staying inside the lines
I've also read some books recently that were better than good. They made me feel something. They stuck with me long after I read them. I was sad when I finished the last page.
What makes one book good and another great? Is it the structure, the story, the characters, the writing?
It's probably a combination of all those things, but I also noticed something that the authors of these books seemed to have in common:
I love to follow the rules. I enjoy craft books. I think learning how to write is important. But I also think that sometimes we become such slaves to doing things "right" that we forget to write with the passion, fearlessness, and honesty that it takes to create not just a good book but a great book.
So I'm going to start letting myself have more fun with my writing and not let those well-intentioned lines get in my way.
What do you think makes a book great?